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Hi I'm Dan

I recently became a husband. I say some things just to make my wife laugh. I work as an electrical engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a fairly large family, and at the moment I have somewhere around 23 nieces and nephews. A lot of our family gets together for dinner almost every week. It can get pretty chaotic with all the kids running around, but we have a blast and it's great to be around everyone. I enjoy reading books for entertainment, typically in the fantasy and science fiction categories. I have a weak spot for video games. I've probably been playing them ever since our family got a nintendo when I was a kid. I was pretty much always a good student growing up and because of that I was able to get through college with scholarships. After high school I went to college one year, then I spent two years in Paraguay as a missionary for the church. It was a challenging, but worth it. It definitely changed me to be more compassionate. After I got back from Paraguay, I returned to college, thankful that they held my scholarships. College was challenging, not only the school work (electrical engineering could be pretty hard), but the social aspect of it. I've always been a pretty reserved person; I don't make friends as easily as I'd like. I set myself up for heartbreak a few times. I made it through though and after I graduated I found a job pretty quickly. I worked there for two and half years then was laid off due to the economy. It took me 5 months to find my current job, and I'm thankful for it. Finally finding my wife made all the years of being single and lonely worth it.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I choose to be. My parents raised me in the church, most of our family are members, and our family has some amazing ancestors who were members of the church, but all of that wouldn't mean a thing if I hadn't come to know for myself that God lives and that Jesus is my Savior. I know that this is Christ's true church. I've had numerous experiences in my life that have contributed to that knowledge, and I continue to have those feelings as I attend church and serve others. I remember as I grew up I was taught how to pray; that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us and answers our prayers. Growing up in a household with 7 of us kids could be pretty hectic. I remember one Saturday in particular when I was about 5, that with all that was going on I ended up getting left home alone. After I realized no one else was in the house, I was scared and didn't know what to do. I had the idea to pray, so I did. I don't remember what I said, but a few seconds after I finished my prayer, my dad walked in the door, so I wasn't alone any more. I felt that God had answered my prayer and that he loved me. When I turned 8, I decided to be baptized. I was taught the importance of faith in Jesus Christ and repentance of our sins. Baptism allows us to be cleansed from sin as we covenant to obey God's commandments and follow Jesus Christ. After baptism we can receive the gift of the Holy Ghost to guide and comfort us. It's been a number of years, but I still remember the feeling of peace, and of being clean spiritually after I was baptized. When I was around 13 or 14, I decided to read the Book of Mormon all the way through. After I finished, I prayed and asked God if the book was true. I felt peace and assurance that it was, and that I had always known that it was. I know that Joseph Smith was God's prophet that translated it, and that God, our Heavenly Father loves us as his children and he continues to guide us through prophets today.

How I live my faith

After my mission I participated in the ward as a Sunday school teacher to children around the ages of 8-10. I taught them principles from the Bible and Book of Mormon each Sunday, and participated with them as they learned and sang songs. At another point I assisted with the 12-13 year old boys in the boy scout program as an assistant scoutmaster. I helped teach lessons on Sunday, supervise activities during the week, organize campouts each month, teach merit badge classes, and provide leadership at the week long scout camp during the summer. After I moved out of my parent's house, I started attending a ward for single adults ages 18-30. I missed being able to teach youth, but I still was able to do number of things to serve others. I occasionally taught a class, or organized a group to visit the temple. I visited others in their homes to share a message from the Ensign (church magazine) with the words of our prophet or other leaders of the church. I tried being a friend to all and learning as many names as I could. Eventually, through church service, I found the woman who became my wife and since we are no longer single we are back in a "family" ward. My wife and I do what we can to serve others in our ward, whether it be teaching or volunteering to help someone move. She and I read the scriptures and pray together every day, and it helps us to grow closer and strengthen our marriage and our faith. We often attend the temple together as well. We both do our best to keep our lives free of anything that would drive us away from God and apart from each other. When work gets difficult, it helps to remember that I am doing it for her, for us, and for any children we may have in the future. That is a worthy cause. I know that my Heavenly Father will support me in it and in all of my good and righteouse desires.